Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m Victoria, a motherhood photographer who lives in New England with my college sweetheart Angelo, our pup Layla and we have a baby boy who will be joining our family in May that we can’t wait to meet. We love to host loved ones in our home and one of my favorite things about hosting is putting together the table & menu.
I’ve always been passionate about motherhood – I knew I wanted to be a mother ever since I was little. As I flipped through family albums I noticed that my mom was hardly ever in photos because she was the one who was taking them. I wish I had more photos of her and I together but I cherish the ones we do have! So I decided that I wanted to change this for other families because I think there’s something so special about photos of your mother. It’s so fun to look back and see her when she was younger – what she looked liked, how she dressed, what snacks she packed for us, how she decorated our home…
Where did you source your inspiration for the shower?
I found Heather Taylor Home through Alicia Lund (love her!) and I love the little tablescape moments she creates for her family at home which usually consists of fresh florals, a fun linen & beautiful tableware. I was drawn to the Sunflower Gingham because it reminded me of the cushions on my late grandmother’s sunporch. We would enjoy lemonade, tea & cake on her sunporch which we also enjoyed at the baby shower. I was named after my grandmother (Gloria) and my mom tells me how similar our styles are. I miss her dearly!
What did you enjoy the most about planning this event?
I love putting together a good mood board. So that was fun to do during my morning coffee while feeling sweet baby kicks. I also loved the challenge of making this day special to the ones who were joining over zoom so my mom and I put together boxes for our zoom guests which consisted of baby games, personalized decorative cookies & some tea. I decided to keep the in person celebration to just our mothers, sisters & childhood friend.
Were there any finishing touches that made the difference?
My mother’s crystal candle holders. There was something about them that I loved against the gingham. Maybe it’s because gingham reminds me of relaxed picnics so I loved the contrast between the two. I feel like my style is very hygge luxe; comfortable, relaxed with a touch of glam.
You must be excited for motherhood! Tell us a bit about this experience.
My gosh! So, so excited. Being a mother has been one of my biggest dreams ever since I was little and it feels a bit surreal that we’ll be meeting our little one so soon. I decided to take a long maternity leave (5 months) to soak up this time as much as I can. I’m really looking forward to a slow summer enjoying & documenting moments with our baby and showing him all of our favorite summer things. The plan is to have lots of outdoor BBQ’s, fires and trips to the river.